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DIRECTOR OF LEARNING 

Bethany Lutheran Primary Schools seeks the services of a highly motivated, dynamic, and passionate Director of Learning to join our team in 2022. This educational leader is to be responsible for the realisation of our strategic priorities through the development, leadership, and provision of a contemporary curriculum design, constructed upon current educational research that empowers the learner.

Tenure and Conditions

This is a permanent full-time position.

As per the Queensland Lutheran Schools Single Enterprise Agreement 2020, inclusive of PAR allowances.

The PAR will be for an initial period of 3 years, with an initial 6 months probationary period.

This position will have a teaching load as determined by the Principal.

Application Information

Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining the reasons for applying.
  2. A current resume
  3. The name, position, and contact number of three (3) referees. One is to be associated with the applicant’s current professional position.
  4. A response to the Selection Criteria – in separate, concise statements. If the Selection Criteria is not addressed, the application will not be considered.
  5. Copy of current Teacher Registration.

Applications are to be marked “confidential”, addressed to the Principal, Mrs. Heidi Hansen, 

employment@bethany.qld.edu.au 

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. 

Closing Date

COB Friday 25th June

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Director of Learning
RESPONSIBLE TO: Principal
WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH: Deputy Principal, Business Manager, Learning Enhancement Teachers, Teaching Staff


Tenure and Conditions

This is a permanent full-time position.

As per the Queensland Lutheran Schools Single Enterprise Agreement 2020, inclusive of PAR allowances.

The PAR will be for an initial period of 3 years, with an initial 6 months probationary period.

This position will have a teaching load as determined by the Principal.

Application Information

Applications must include:


1. A cover letter outlining the reasons for applying.
2. A current resume
3. The name, position, and contact number of three (3) referees. One is to be associated with the applicant’s current professional position.
4. A response to the Selection Criteria – in separate, concise statements. If the Selection Criteria is not addressed, the application will not be considered.
5. Copy of current Teacher Registration.

Applications are to be marked “confidential”, addressed to the Principal, Mrs Heidi Hansen,
employment@bethany.qld.edu.au
. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email.
 

Closing Date- Friday 25th June


Position Summary

1. Aims

The Director of Learning acts as an advisor to the Principal and is a key point of contact for staff and parents. The Director of Learning assists in the day-to-day running of the school with a primary focus on teaching, learning, innovation, and professional learning, in an environment of distributed leadership. The role of chiefly relational, community-oriented and administrative, and requires close collaboration with the Executive Team and staff.

2. Qualifications

* Is registered or has the capacity to be registered with the Queensland College of Teachers
* Is an accredited Lutheran school teacher, or has the capacity to attain accreditation through Lutheran Education Australia.
* Has tertiary qualifications and/or a broad professional learning history conducive to the key tasks and responsibilities of the role.
* Has a strong personal Christian faith as evidenced by Christian community involvement.

3. Professional Relationships

* Works in close collaboration with the Executive Team and Learning Enhancement Team
* Works in collaboration with teaching staff.
* Is a member of the Executive Team
* Is a consultant to School Council as requested
* Joins and/or convenes staff and community working parties and task forces from time-to-time.

 
4.Key Tasks and Responsibilities
4.1 General
* Support and promote the mission, vision and values of the school.

* Together with the Executive Team, work to optimise and implement strategy. Take a lead role in the development of programs, procedures, and policies for the ongoing and effective management of the school.

* Assist in the day-to-day running of the school.

* Work collaboratively with all staff to ensure the optimal performance of the school at a financial, branding and resourcing level. 

* Work alongside staff, student, and parents to foster quality relationships.

* Speak the truth in love, communicate effectively and be actively invested appropriate conflict resolution strategies.

* Serve as an advocate for change.

* Have a clear understanding of legislation and regulations that impact on schooling. 

* Be familiar with and comply with school policies, procedures, and associated documents, which change from time to time. 

* Communicate with the Principal regularly both formally and formally.

4.2 Teaching and Learning 

* Commit to best and next practice. 

* Keep abreast of educational trends, research, and developments. 

* Contribute to methods of communication for various stakeholders that align with current social practices (e.g., social media). 

* Maintain a sound understanding of the developmental needs of children. 

* Lead the ongoing implementation of federal and state curriculum initiatives and develop local documentation accordingly. 

* Guide teachers in the implementation of federal and state curriculum initiatives.

* Support teaching staff in ensuring planning documents and curriculum delivery align with assessment and reporting procedures and schedules. 

* Critique year, term and weekly planning documents to ensure planning meets all requirements.

* Lead teaching staff in ensuring consistency of teacher judgement within and across year levels.

* Contribute to decisions and actions relating to student report cards and other reporting and communication mechanisms. 

* Coordinate curriculum events 

* Critically reflect on existing programs and practices pertaining to teaching and learning, and seek constantly to improve such programs and practices, at a pace conducive with effective change management. 

* Assess the need for and coordinate teaching and learning resources.

*  Ensure ICT hardware and software are consistent with the requirements to effectively implement curriculum initiatives.

4.3 Data

* Oversee data collection that tracks the performance of students. 

* Assist teachers in the analysis and use of data relevant to their students’ learning needs. 

* Analyse data to inform future teaching and learning goals. 

* Critically assess sources of data and their relevance to current teaching methodologies, and recommend and implement changes as appropriate.

4.4 Teacher Performance and Development 

* Model being a lifelong learner. 

* Foster a collaborative and team-oriented culture. 

* In collaboration with the Executive Team, facilitate the execution of the staff development and appraisal process. 

* Assist, as requested, in teacher performance management. 

* Guide and assist teachers in developing motivating, relevant and educationally challenging classroom practice that aligns with government and local requirements, while maintaining teachers’ individuality and building on their personal gifts and strengths. 

* Support teachers in complying with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and create avenues to assist them in striving to further develop skills in each domain. 

* Facilitate all aspects of teacher observation. Affirm, empower, and support teaching staff in change management. 

* Oversee and execute an effective professional learning program in relation to curriculum.

* Actively pursue and oversee opportunities for teachers to be involved in projects pertaining to teaching and learning, e.g., LEQ, ISQ. 

* Support teachers in enhancing leadership skills through various curriculum related initiatives. 

* Nurture aspiring curriculum leaders and create leadership opportunities for teachers, e.g., coaching. 

* Serve as a direct line manager for specialist teaching staff. Actively contribute to enhancing staff morale.

4.5 Curriculum 

* Seek to understand and contribute to the school’s internal and external marketing needs. 

* Be the point of contact for parents with regard to teaching, learning, curriculum delivery, data, and innovation. 

* Keep parents abreast of curriculum developments. 

* Together with the Executive Team, develop a program of targeted learning for parents.

* Proactively organise, lead, and where appropriate, delegate the dissemination of teaching and learning strategies for parents. 

* Seek parent input and feedback as required, and act on such data as appropriate. 

* Promote and coordinate opportunities for parents to assist with curriculum-based classroom activities.

* Lead programs and tours associated with education-based visitors to the school.

4.6 Administration 

* Manage curriculum-based classroom resources. 

* In consultation with the Principal, manage grants pertaining to teaching and learning, including application, execution and accountability. 

* Together with the Executive Team, plan staff meetings. 

* Oversee the reporting process.

 
4.7 Other 

* Ensure that the school’s programs are delivered in an efficient and safe environment as per relevant policies and procedures, and in consultation with relevant personnel.

*  Liaise with key staff in regard to community service, and multicultural, environmental, and academic issues to ensure all activities are well-planned and communicated. 

* Assist the Principal with daily management issues and strategic planning for future developments. 

* Assist with the recruitment of new staff. 

* Undertake minimal and sporadic teaching duties. 

* Undertake playground duties. 

* Together with the Principal, consider and arrange own professional learning needs.

Other duties as deemed appropriate by the Principal.

- The Director of Learning acts as an advisor to the Principal and is a key point of contact for staff and parents. 

- The Director of Learning assists in the day-to-day running of the school with a primary focus on teaching, learning, innovation, and professional learning, in an environment of distributed leadership. 

- The role of chiefly relational, community-oriented and administrative, and requires close collaboration with the Executive Team and staff.


Selection Criteria

Candidates are asked to submit a document, not exceeding five (5) pages in length, addressing the points below: 

1. A strong commitment to the Christian faith and a desire to serve.

2. Demonstrated capacity to be an empathetic listener, an engaging and persuasive speaker, and a diplomatic communicator with strong written communication skills.

3. Demonstrated leadership capacity to realise the strategic vision and intentions of the School, to lead and manage change. 

4. Comprehensive understanding of the Australian Curriculum and the expectations and requirements of governing bodies such as the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)

5. Able to develop positive relationships with staff, students, parents and the wider community.

6. Experience in collecting, analysing, and responding to data. 

7. Able to demonstrate excellent organisation and administration skills.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection Criteria
Candidates are asked to submit a document, not exceeding five (5) pages in length, addressing the points below:
1.A strong commitment to the Christian faith and a desire to serve. 2.Demonstrated capacity to be an empathetic listener, an engaging and persuasive speaker, and a diplomatic communicator with strong written communication skills.
3.Demonstrated leadership capacity to realise the strategic vision and intentions of the School, to lead and manage change. 5.Able to develop positive relationships with staff, students, parents and the wider community. 6.Experience in collecting, analysing, and responding to data. 7.Able to demonstrate excellent organisation and administration skills.
4.      Comprehensive understanding of the Australian Curriculum and the expectations and requirements of governing bodies such as the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)